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Will CES to be a Snore?

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Seagate gets out in front of CES news with announcements that a terabyte hard drive is coming. It’s on top of TechMeme.

If you told me six months ago that Seagate would be on top of TechMeme the last working day before CES I would have said you’re drinking better Merlot than I was. Heheh. But, Seagate is a great company to work with, has a lot of fun making something that most of us don’t really spend too much time thinking about, I greatly appreciate their continued support of the ScobleShow, and their products rock and are getting more and more important especially to those of us who’ve bought new digital SLRs and new HD camcorders.

But, that sort of plays into the next point. Is a hard drive going to be the sexiest thing to come out of this year’s CES? Michael Gartenberg seems to think so (Dave Winer also comments). Now, one thing you gotta know about Michael: he’s already seen most of the cool stuff from both the CES show and the Apple side of the fence. He’s an analyst and, to boot, he’s a gadget freak with relationships inside the big companies that are far better than mine are.

So, I’m reading between the lines a little bit when I read his post, but he’s been pretty consistent on sending these “unspoken signals” through his blog and they’ve been pretty accurate. Remember when I was too excited about what’d come from the Apple World Wide Developer Conference? He sent a signal that I was wrong. He ended up being right and my sources were too exuberant (everything they told me about did end up shipping, but they were off on their timing).

What that all means is that Michael is sending gestures to us that Apple is going to have some significant announcements next week that’ll make the rest of us at CES talk. We’ll see if my reading of his gestures are accurate.

As to Dave Winer: CES is a pain in the behind (I still remember the two-hour taxi line last year at 1 a.m. in the morning when I arrived), but there’s a couple of things that make it interesting. First, it’s the only place where you can see almost all the consumer electronics. If you’re looking for a surround sound system (as I know Dave is) this is the place to do it.

Also, because of the sheer size it draws in tons of interesting people. The most time I spent with Doc Searls, for instance, last year, was at last year’s CES. This year is looking a LOT better than last year’s CES on that front.

We’re very fortune to have more than our fair share who say they’ll be at the BlogHaus (more than 100 bloggers, at last count). Hope to see you there! Regarding the BlogHaus, I’ll be emailing today an update to everyone on my attendee list, but if you miss that, the update is here. Next week my cell phone is 425-205-1921 in case you wanna meet up (my schedule through Tuesday, though, is really packed).

Monday night, at 9 p.m., though, the CEO of Seagate, Bill Watkins, will be in the BlogHaus – hope to see you there. If you want to come to the BlogHaus, you need to get on our list or else you won’t be able to get up to our suite, sorry.

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Robert Scoble is the founder of the Scobleizer blog. He works as PodTech.net’s Vice President of Media Development.

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